Edison2, designed by Ron Mathis has won the Progressive Auto X Prize, for developing featherweight conventional car that runs on gasoline or ethanol. The Auto X Prize is a race to build the most fuel-efficient, low-cost, production-ready vehicle. The prize money goes into the design of the most efficient eco-vehicle in the contest.
Chief designer Ron Mathis’ three designs entered the finals of the contest and his Edison2 was the only team to be selected. The team took away half the $10 million prize for its $20,000 car.
Mathis had made multiple entries in the contest, with his cars competing in the
Mainstream class (four seats and luggage space), and the Alternative Tandem class (two seats and one seat in the rear).
Mathis has 30 years of experience in professional racing and has worked for Audi, Jaguar and Dodge. He has been designing vehicles capable of achieving 100 MPGe, over the past one year. Other teams, Li-Ion and X-Tracer’s, entries also made it to the final and shared the remaining $5 million of the prize money.